This summer's top destination? A spot at a KOA campground


My family is already planning summer vacations. My parents are taking the cover off their RV for a road trip along the Pacific coast. I'm getting in shape for a backpacking trip on the John Muir Trail. But we fall on opposite ends of what the rest of you plan to do. According to the Los Angeles Times, you're going to be booking a room at a "resort campground."

A growing number of vacationers are camping without roughing it by going to privately-owned suburban parks with family-friendly amenities like furnished cabins, pools, free Wi-Fi, hot showers and laundry service. Many of these parks are affiliated with Kampgrounds of America, which started with one roadside campground in Billings, Montana, and now has 500 of them nationwide; it added 50 new campgrounds in just the past two years.